‘There will be some pains… but we are on the right track’ – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said there is no alternative to what the President Mohammadu Buhari-led administration is doing.

The minister stated this at a meeting with the members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was on the sideline of the minister’s two-day official visit to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“I believe that we are on the right track, there will be some pains, but there is no alternative to what we are doing,’’ he said.

In the area of security, the minister said Buhari’s administration came on board, when 14 of the 20 Local Government Areas of Borno, four in Adamawa and three in Yobe were under the sovereign authority of Boko Haram.

He, however, said the administration has ‘decisively dealt with Boko Haram’ since it was elected.

“Today, all the major highways leading to Maiduguri are opened and about two months ago, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) played a league match in Maiduguri stadium,’’ he said.

Speaking on the renewed agitations in the Niger-Delta region and parts of the South-East, the minister reassured that the government would not marginalise any part of the country. He also assured that economic development will go round every region.

Mohammed also said the administration’s fight against corruption was not selective as widely believed. He also said the government was not probing the 2015 elections campaign funds of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Minister Consular of the embassy, Sola Akinlude, who conducted the minister round the embassy, said that the official population of Nigerians resident in Spain spans to about 100,000.

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